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Metiabruz
Neighbourhood in Kolkata (Calcutta)
Country  India
State West Bengal
City Kolkata
Parliamentary constituency Diamond Harbour
Assembly constituency Metiaburuz
Elevation 36 ft (11 m)
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Area code(s) +91 33

Metiabruz is a neighbourhood on the southern fringe of Kolkata, the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal.

History[edit]

Metiabruz has a rich history. The Nawab of Awadh, Wajid Ali Shah, took refuge here when he was ousted by the British from his throne, and attempted to build a replica of his palace in Matiaburj. The Imambara he created stands at the centre of Matiaburj, and it is sometimes called the 'Second Lucknow'.The first race course in India is also situated in the Akra area in Metiabruz.

Geography[edit]

The area is connected with central Kolkata by road, through the Circular Garden Reach Rd, a 40 min drive. This road ends at the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Borough Committee 15 office. And from here its name changes to Wajid Ali Shah road which goes to the Metiaburj Police Station and from here it divides into the S. A. Farooqui Road and the Wajid Ali Shah Road, the main arterial roads of the place. The well-known Botanical Gardens of Shibpur are located just across the Hooghly river. Another local district, Howrah, is well connected with Matiaburj through a frequent ferry and boat service.

Industry[edit]

Although relatively unknown to those living in Kolkata, Matiaburj is a key industrial location, with a power station and a water pumping station that supply water to major parts of the city. It also has a shipyard, the GRSE that is engaged in making warships, and is home to one of the largest textile manufacturers in India.[citation needed].The area is largest producer of non branded garments in India.The haat system {weekly market} here is largest in India.[citation needed] Another key area of employment in the city are brick-kilns, which generally employ daily wage workers. Matiaburj is also famous for being the largest KITE manufacturer in the world.[citation needed]

Population and Linguistics[edit]

The population of Metiabruz consists mainly of Muslim (75%).[citation needed] The main spoken languages include Urdu, Hindi and Bengali. It is home to a large number of unskilled labourers that settled here from rural areas in West Bengal and Bihar, who are employed on a daily wage; this includes construction workers, cleaners, plumbers, and painters.[citation needed]

Education in Metiabruz does not feature highly on the local government agenda[citation needed] although Metiabruz recently got a college named Metiabruz College under Kolkatta University but only for Arts and the subjects offered Are Urdu, English, Hindi, History, Political Science and Education and Honours only in Political science and Urdu.However, off late interest in education is rising among the middle class Muslim population. Numerous privately owned schools (English Medium)and Government aided schools have come up and a college (Hari Mohan Ghosh College)has been set up by the Government. Literacy rate is low, more infrastructural development are expected from Government in the education sector.

Due to the huge concentration of population, sanitation is a big problem and it has always remained an issue among political parties during election."Katcha Toilets" are still found in some areas. Broken drains and nallas create a messy condition during rainy season.

See also[edit]

There are very few schools are in this area. All are Urdu medium. Government effort are negligible for building education environment.


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Times of India
Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:03:13 -0700

They were rounded up and put through thorough questioning. We have recovered the stolen motorcycle from their possession," said DC (Port) V Soloman Nishakumar. The two are residents of Metiabruz. Police are trying to find out if they had been involved ...
 
Times of India
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 14:48:19 -0700

"I am a zari worker at a unit in Metiabruz, Kolkata. In 2009, the work load was so heavy that I decided to give the election a skip and finish the job at hand. Who forms the government in Delhi is inconsequential to me, I thought. But I was wrong. When ...
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